Sarah Jenkins, an EMDR therapist based in Phoenix AZ, wrote a helpful article where she describes common myths about EMDR.  I have also heard these same issues raised as questions or concerns when discussing EMDR with prospective clients, and appreciate Sarah taking the time to respond to them.  Here are some highlights of the article:

EMDR Myths or TruthsMyth 1: EMDR is a new therapy.  As Sarah points out, next year will be the 25th anniversary of Dr. Francine Shapiro’s groundbreaking realization of the connection between physical movement and disturbing thoughts.  The fact that many are only now becoming aware of this treatment often leads to the assumption that it hasn’t been around very long.

Myth 2: EMDR is not research based.  Given the availability of direct access via the internet to research publications, this myth is easily dispelled. The research is accessible, and it’s increasing each year.

Myth 3: EMDR is just “wagging your fingers back and forth in front of a client.”  EMDR has a specific protocol that requires progression through successive stages.  Physical motion is but one aspect of the therapy, and should not be entered into without preparation.

Myth 4: EMDR is a one- to five-session therapy approach.  While EMDR often provides significantly quicker results that traditional talk therapy, each case needs to be treated individually.

Are you suffering from fear, anxiety, or phobias and have not been able to make progress to overcome them?  You don’t need to live this way.  Help is available in the form of effective EMDR therapy.  I have seen it work for hundreds of clients and would love to discuss how we can work together to bring the change you need in your life.  Contact me today!

Are you a therapist who is interested in providing EMDR as modality for your clients?  As an EMDRIA Approved Certified Consultant I provide training and consultation in EMDR to clinicians.  Contact me to discuss.